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Dudley Holmes

Fayetteville, AR, 1940 - 2022

Dudley Holmes, 81, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Fayetteville. He was born August 9, 1940, in Harrison, Ark., to Lester Melvin and Bernice Isabell Hayes Holmes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Irene Ford and Ruth Holmes; and a baby brother, Robert Eugene Holmes.
Dudley was a truck driver for 43 years (mainly for Jones Truck Lines and ABF). He was an avid horseman. He loved horses and mules. His mules were used to pull his wagon. Dudley and Dian rode horses all across the country. He became a world class show-pig feeder for his granddaughters. Dudley traveled up and down the road many miles with them. He was never without a joke. He was not one to take life too seriously. Dudley was loyal to a fault.
He is survived by his wife, Dian Hopper Holmes of the home; two daughters, Velvet Holmes of Fayetteville and Dawn Mabry and husband, Jeremy of Farmington; a sister, Margaret Ann Holliday-Hicks (Marvin); a brother, Lester Melvin Holmes, Jr. (Shirley); three granddaughters, Chloe, Lizzie, and Harlie Mabry; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at Beard's Chapel.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Crystal Hills Family Fellowship in Elkins, 10602 AR-16 Elkins AR 72727, with Pastor Seth Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St. Fayetteville AR 72703, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis TN 38105, or
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Published July 18, 2022

Beards Funeral Chapel
855 S. Happy Hollow Road, Fayetteville, AR
Phone: 479-521-8551